Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English born Fred Squire is not happy. Then he meets Brittany.
Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred is further confused when he meets Brit’s flirtatious friend, Angel.
Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred’s world is turned upside down.
Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and a chase through a mall all add to Fred’s American adventure.
“Brit and her Brit,” know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return to England. But not before some final twists in the tale.
Across the Pond is an enjoyable 117 pages that goes from through all aspects of young love. With believable characters, exciting events, humor, first love, education and a little sport thrown in for good measure. Across the Pond is a book for all ages, from the young to the young at heart.
Born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Barry, also known as “Storyheart,” left his beloved England in 2000,moving to the USA to be with the woman he’d met and fallen in love with on the Internet.
Better known for his short romance stories on the net and in his book Stories from the Heart. Barry is popular for narrating his stories on local TV or as a guest on other media stations,where his whit, oratory, and old-fashioned English charm make him a popular interviewee.
At present, Barry is living in Connecticut, with his wife and two children.
GUEST POST: HEADING WEST
In 1000, Leif Eriksson is the first European to discover the Atlantic coast of North America.
In 2007 Fred Squire lands in America for a vacation and he is not happy. As you can read my Young Adult Fiction book Across the Pond. Then his meets Brittany.
Heading west or “Across the Pond,” as we say England, can produce numerous problems. As I have found out, since moving to the US in 2000.
I have now been “state side” for eight years and am now taken as the “Token Brit.” It is fun to suddenly use a saying which for a British person is part of the every day speech, and see the puzzlement on an American’s face. Things like “didn’t say a dickey bird” has them totally confused and if you start on Cockney rhyming slang, remember they are a young country, and “Apples andPears, Trouble and Strife,” and “Ruby Murray” mean absolutely nothing.
Having cakes (muffins) for breakfast, the American theory that hot milk must be put into tea, and the numerous different names for food items all at first cause confusion. And what is it with all the cheese? They call the folk WISCONSIN cheese heads, and you can purchase actual wedge shape cheeses to ware on your head. But the whole love of cheese in the USA seems to go a lot further than that. Visit a restaurant, snack bar or any food outlet of any sort and order a meal it will come with CHEESE. Now this is fine for those who like the mouse bait, but myself, I think it is just that mouse food. Sure I have the Big Mac or Lasagna, but in the US, cheese is almost the staple diet. I have been restaurants and carefully picked out meals that on the menu do not mention cheese which is a rare thing, only for them to arrive covered in the stuff.
Like Fred the hero of my book Across the Pond, I found many things at first from the roads to the food. Like Fred the first time I was in a car that turned left at the red light I was rather… hmmm shocked. Even a simple thing like teaching my little ones the ABC, proved an issue. In the US it ends X, Y, Z (zee) in the UK it is X, Y, Z (zed).
Winston Churchill summed it up when he called America and England “two nations divided by a common language.” For instance, if you checked how frenetically words should be pronounced. ALUMINUM…for instance, frenetically is A-lu-min-i-um, and not A-lum-in-um. TIRE is to grow weary, not what you put on cars, that is TYRE, and the opposite of DAY is NIGHT, not NITE.
Still as Fred finds out during his stay Across the Pond, the USA has many plus points, after all, both of us found romance on these western shores.